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Liverpool Off the Beaten Track

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Liverpool is so much more than just the Beatles and football. Here are my top 10 off-the-beaten-path sites that you shouldn't miss while you’re here.

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  • History Buff
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nature Lover
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Like a Local

10 Places

4 City Tips

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10 Places

Williamson Tunnels Heritage Centre

Historic Sites

Speke Hall

Historic Sites

Grand Central Hall

Shopping Malls

Lady Lever Art Gallery

Art Galleries

Sudley House

Art Galleries, Historic Sites

A Case History

Monuments & Statues

St. Luke's Church

Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Monuments & Statues

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic

Concerts

Western Approaches - Liverpool War Museum

Speciality Museums

The Bluecoat

Art Galleries, Educational sites, Theatres

Jessica B's City Tips

  • If you are getting two or more buses a day, invest in a "Day Saver" ticket.
  • If you're arriving by train, buy an "Open Day Return" ticket; this lets you take any train home that day, thus giving you more flexibility.
  • It is common to tip about 10% in restaurants but check the bill before you do so: some restaurants automatically charge you a 10% (or more) service fee.
  • If you're exploring Liverpool's nightlife, be sure to dress up to fit in.
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    Williamson Tunnels Heritage Centre
    Historic Sites
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    Jessica B Says:

    A definite must see, this 200-year-old labyrinth of underground tunnels was constructed by the eccentric businessman Joseph Williamson. Only recently rediscovered, no one knows why he had the tunnels built or how far they actually stretch. One of Liverpool's biggest mysteries.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • There is a small admission charge to enter the tunnels, with discounts for young children, students and families.
    • There is a café and small exhibition centre at the entrance to the tunnels.
    • The tunnels are not accessible to wheelchair users.
    • Parking at the tunnels is limited so it is better to get the train or bus from the city centre. The nearest train station is Edge Hill.
    From the community
    Ranked #77 of 305 things to do in Liverpool
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • informative and fascinating 27/07/2015
    • Unknow places 05/07/2015
    • Williamson Tunnels Heritage Centre
    Address:
    Smithdown Lane
    The Old Stableyard
    Liverpool
    United Kingdom
    Phone:
    0151 709 6868
    Other:
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    Speke Hall
    Historic Sites
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    Jessica B Says:

    Dating back to 1530, this Tudor Manor House is one of the finest surviving buildings from this era.

    Good for
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The surrounding gardens give spectacular views over the Mersey basin.
    • Stop off at the restaurant to try a local specialty cake: the Wet Nelly.
    • Discounts are available for large groups and families.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #24 of 305 things to do in Liverpool
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Another National Trust Gem 28/07/2015
    • great vintage festival, shame about the staff! 27/07/2015
    • Speke Hall
    Address:
    The Walk
    Speke
    Liverpool L24 1XD
    United Kingdom
    Phone:
    44 151 427 7231
    Other:
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    Grand Central Hall
    Shopping Malls
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    Jessica B Says:

    Grand Central is home to an exciting range of independent, alternative shops selling everything from vinyl records to comic books and vintage clothes. Although the shops might not be to everyone's taste, it's the colourful and quirky architecture that makes Grand Central worth a visit.

    Good for
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • This is a great place to pick up an unusual souvenir.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #120 of 305 things to do in Liverpool
    • Cool alternative arcade 16/07/2015
    • Fun and alternative. 17/06/2015
    • Grand Central Hall
    Address:
    35 Renshaw Street
    Liverpool L1 2SF
    United Kingdom
    Other:
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    Lady Lever Art Gallery
    Art Galleries
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    Jessica B Says:

    Located in the picturesque village of Port Sunlight, Lady Lever Art Gallery houses an impressive collection of fine art as well as beautiful Chinese tapestries and ceramics. Its internationally renowned Pre-Raphaelite paintings are particularly beautiful.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The surrounding village is well-worth exploring in its own right; each of the 800+ houses are completely unique.
    • Port Sunlight can be reached very easily by train from Liverpool city centre; take the Wirral line to Port Sunlight station.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 55 things to do in Birkenhead
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A big hit with my 7 year old 27/07/2015
    • Well worth a visit and FREE 27/07/2015
    • Lady Lever Art Gallery
    Address:
    Port Sunlight Village
    Birkenhead CH62 5EQ
    United Kingdom
    Phone:
    0151 478 4136
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 2:30
    Other:
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    Sudley House
    Art Galleries, Historic Sites
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    Jessica B Says:

    Sudley House is a real hidden gem; tucked away in the leafy suburb of Aighburth, this Victorian-era house has maintained all its original features. Displaying an impressive collection of art, toys and clothes, Sudley House offers a true glimpse into what life was really like during Victorian times.

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Look out for the huge Victorian Doll's House on display.
    • On a sunny day, make time to explore the gardens.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #54 of 305 things to do in Liverpool
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Full of history! 25/07/2015
    • A Wonderful place to visit 20/07/2015
    • Sudley House
    Address:
    Mossley Hill Road
    Aigburth
    Liverpool L18 8BX
    United Kingdom
    Phone:
    +44 151 478 4016
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 2:30
    Other:
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    A Case History
    Monuments & Statues
    Jessica B Says:

    At first sight this curious art installation might just seem like a group of random suitcases dumped in the middle of the street. On closer inspection, you'll notice that each suitcase belongs to someone who has made a positive impact on the city of Liverpool. A nearby board explains who the 'owners' of the suitcases are.

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Located on Hope Street, A Case History sits directly between Liverpool's two beautiful cathedrals. Why not visit them both while you're here?
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #169 of 305 things to do in Liverpool
    • Nice 18/06/2015
    • Whose case am I sitting on now? 22/06/2014
    • A Case History
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    St. Luke's Church
    Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Monuments & Statues
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    Jessica B Says:

    A church unlike any other, St Luke's was bombed during the Blitz of World War II. With no roof, nature has taken over and the frame of the building stands in memory of what was lost during the war. An extremely peaceful place and well worth a visit.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • A donation is asked to enter the church from those who can afford it. I recommend a couple of pounds.
    • St Luke's is known locally as "the bombed out church".
    • The church is often used for art and theatre performances.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #80 of 305 things to do in Liverpool
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful 13/07/2015
    • A TRUE LAND MARK TO THE SPIRIT OF SCOUSERS 18/06/2015
    • St. Luke's Church
    Address:
    Leece Street
    Liverpool L1 2TR
    United Kingdom
    Phone:
    447714328415
    Hours:
    Wed - Sun
    12:00 - 3:30
    Other:
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    Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
    Concerts
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    Jessica B Says:

    This art-deco concert hall is home to Liverpool's Philharmonic orchestra, the country's oldest professional orchestra. The hall hosts both classical and modern music concerts, as well as film premiers and comedy events. With over 250 shows a year, you will be spoiled for choice!

    Good for
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • You can check what's on via their website where you can also reserve tickets.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 22 Theatre & Concerts in Liverpool
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Stars & Stripes Concert 28/07/2015
    • Terrific Show 28/07/2015
    • Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
    Address:
    Hope Street
    Liverpool L1 9BP
    United Kingdom
    Phone:
    0151 709 3789
    Other:
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    Western Approaches - Liverpool War Museum
    Speciality Museums
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    Jessica B Says:

    This underground bunker was once a secret military headquarters during the Second World War.

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • Not open on Fridays and Sundays.
    • A small entrance fee is charged.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #109 of 305 things to do in Liverpool
    • Very interesting 23/07/2015
    • The hidden gem on the unknown battle 19/07/2015
    • Western Approaches - Liverpool War Museum
    Address:
    1 - 3 Rumford Street
    Liverpool L2 8SZ
    United Kingdom
    Phone:
    44 151 227 2008
    Hours:
    Mon - Thu
    10:30 - 2:00
    Sat
    10:30 - 2:00
    Other:
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    The Bluecoat
    Art Galleries, Educational sites, Theatres
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    Jessica B Says:

    The oldest surviving building in Liverpool city centre, the Bluecoat plays host to art exhibits, theatre performances and much more. Free to enter, and with a secluded courtyard garden, it is a place of real tranquility in the heart of the city centre.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Built in 1716, the building was originally a school. The Bluecoat School still exists, but has since moved to a different location.
    • There is a café inside. On a nice day you can sit out in the courtyard.
    • To avoid confusion between this site and the school, the building is often referred to as Bluecoat Chambers.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #89 of 305 things to do in Liverpool
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Peace in the Heart of Liverpool 25/07/2015
    • Interesting 12/07/2015
    • The Bluecoat
    Address:
    School Lane
    Liverpool L1 3BX
    United Kingdom
    Phone:
    44 151 702 5324
    Hours:
    Sun
    10:00 - 3:30
    Mon - Sat
    8:00 - 3:30
    Other:
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